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mattsmithWith the popularity of darker offerings such as Sweeney Todd, musicals have become more and more popular in the last few years and now a new musical is set to open in London this December.

Doctor Who’s Matt Smith will be playing the super ego that is Patrick Bateman in a musical adaptation of American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre from 3 December to 25 January 2014. Based on Bret Easton Ellis’s 1991 thriller, American Psycho is the story of a 26-year-old Manhattan investment banker who loses his sanity and turns into a brutal murderer, not your typical musical theme! The show will be directed by the Almeida’s new artistic director Rupert Goold, who developed this musical with his former company, Headlong. The show sold out within minutes of Matt Smith’s involvement being announced but you never know with musicals how long they could end up running, it’s sure to be an unusual and unnerving performance to watch if you did manage to get tickets.

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s hit musical Matilda is going to be made into a film. Yay! But not until the end of the decade. Boo! The famous Roald Dahl tale of the gifted schoolgirl has been made into a movie before with Danny DaVito’s adaptation in 1996 and the musical will have a very different feel to it. The musical’s director promises it’ll be different to what is seen on stage and composer Tim Minchin may even contribute new material to the project. The 4 times Tony award winning musical transferred to Broadway back in April and secured £10.5 million advance by the next day. The film can’t be released until 2019 because of stipulations that stop any on screen version coming out within six years of it coming to Broadway.

If you love your musicals Channel 4 has started a great new series called The Sound of Musicals. Giving us complete access to a West End season and everything that goes along with it. The series looks at how to make a hit and how to sustain the much-coveted popularity. The first episode is now available on 4OD and it follows the Sam Mendes’ re-imagining of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory whilst exploring how you bring a classic tale to the stage. This four part series looks to be a great watch and is aired on Tuesday a 9pm on Channel 4.

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